NSW Cabinet Reshuffle

Perrottet’s refresh reshuffle sets a course to 2023 poll.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet significantly refreshed his Cabinet today, injecting generational change by elevating nine MPs to the Ministry and adding a number of new portfolios – Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Cities, Science, Innovation and Technology, Active Transport, Homes and Regional Health. These personnel changes are intended to renew the Government and give it a new look after 10 years in office, with Labor looking its most competitive in recent years.

In putting his stamp on the Cabinet, the Premier has picked the team he wants to take to the election in March 2023. This is now very much his Government with the last vestiges of the Berejiklian years gone.

The Premier is looking beyond the current infrastructure pipeline to craft a new agenda with fresh ideas that can capture the support of the electorate as the Government seeks a record fourth term in office.

Read on for pen portraits of the new ministers and a full Cabinet list.

Expanded frontbench

The total number of Ministers has increased from 21 to 26, and there are two additional women in the Cabinet, taking the total number of women to seven. The Premier has also leant on the experience of some senior ministers in keeping key portfolios such as Health and Education unchanged.

Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Paul Toole has taken back the role of Police Minister for the Nationals, while the former minister David Elliott will take on Transport and Veterans. Treasurer Kean has kept the Energy portfolio but Environment has been taken by first-time Minister James Griffin. Another up and coming Liberal, Alister Henskens, has been promoted into the Skills and Training and Science, Innovation and Technology portfolios.

There have been some other shifts across the Coalition with the Nationals taking Racing (Kevin Anderson), Emergency Services and Resilience (Stephanie Cooke), Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts (Ben Franklin). The Liberals have taken back Fair Trading, which goes to Miranda MP Eleni Petinos. Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Bronnie Taylor, has had Regional Health added to her responsibility as Minister for Women and Minister for Mental Health.

Unchanged portfolios

Minister Brad Hazzard (Health), Sarah Mitchell (Education and Early Childhood), Mark Speakman (Attorney General), Victor Dominello (Customer Service and Digital Government) and Damian Tudehope (Finance) have kept their portfolios, providing continuity in the lead up to the election.

Focus on home ownership

Anthony Roberts returns to Planning and has the new Homes portfolio. This new portfolio includes social housing but will also have a focus on home ownership and housing affordability. Housing affordability is a key priority for the Premier and part of his stamp duty tax reform agenda. Treasurer Kean acknowledged this priority at a recent industry boardroom event.

Cities agenda

To build more affordable and liveable cities, Rob Stokes has been given Infrastructure and the new Cities and Active Transport portfolios. This sees Stokes taking a more high-level strategic planning role as the new government sets out its next infrastructure agenda for the State before it returns to the polls in March 2023.

Business super portfolio

New Deputy Liberal Leader Stuart Ayres is rewarded with a new super-portfolio of Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Tourism and continues as Minister for Western Sydney, reflecting the Government’s business-friendly focus. He has also reclaimed the Minister for Sport portfolio he held previously.

New parliamentary leaders

Also a significant shift, there is a brand-new parliamentary leadership team to manage the fractious business of getting legislation passed with minority support in the Upper House. Alister Henskens is the new Leader of the Upper House in the Legislative Assembly while Damien Tudehope is the new Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

Machinery of government

The new Cabinet will mean some significant changes to government departments to align with the new ministries. The Government indicated today that it would not implement these changes until 1 April 2022 with highly experienced head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Michael Coutts-Trotter, taking time to bed the new arrangements in.

 

Snapshot of 9 new ministers.

The Hon. James Griffin MP
Minister for Environment and Heritage

Following the resignation of former Premier Mike Baird, James Griffin won the Manly by-election and entered Parliament in April 2017. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment so will bring solid knowledge and understanding of the Environment portfolio.

The Hon. Dugald Saunders MP
Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Western New South Wales

Dugald Saunders is a Member of the National Party, elected to the NSW Parliament as the Member for Dubbo in 2019. Dugald has played a key role in a number of parliamentary committees in his two years in parliament and has a background in media and broadcasting, working as the morning presenter for ABC Dubbo for 10 years.

The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC
Minister for Families and Communities, Minister for Disability Services

Since March 2011, Natasha Maclaren-Jones has been a Member of the Legislative Council, serving as Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Government Whip in the Legislative Council, and Cabinet Secretary.

The Hon. Sam Farraway MLC
Minister for Regional Roads and Regional Transport

Sam Farraway entered Parliament in 2019 as a Nationals Party Member of the Legislative Council. Sam has held Parliamentary Secretary roles to the Deputy Premier and Water Infrastructure. He has also held the role of Deputy Government Whip in the Legislative Council.

The Hon. Eleni Petinos MP
Minister for Small Business, Minister for Fair Trading

Eleni Petinos became the Liberal Member for Miranda in 2015. A former tax lawyer, Eleni has held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads for the past two years.

The Hon. Mark Coure MP
Minister for Seniors, Minister for Multiculturalism

Mark Coure entered Parliament in March 2011, when he won the seat of Oatley, which was a former Labor stronghold. He previously held positions including Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure and Deputy Government Whip.

The Hon. Ben Franklin MLC
Minister for the Arts, Aboriginal Affairs and Regional Youth

Ben Franklin is a former State Director of the National Party and brings extensive experience working within the political system and particularly with regional and rural communities. He was elected to the Legislative Council in 2015 and has held a number of Parliamentary Secretary positions, including for Energy and the Arts.

The Hon. Steph Cooke MP
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience

Following the resignation of Katrina Hodgkinson, Steph Cooke entered Parliament in October 2017 after winning the Cootamundra by-election. Cooke has held the positions of National Party Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier and for Regional Health.

The Hon. Wendy Tuckerman MP
Minister for Local Government

Wendy Tuckerman is a former Mayor of Boorowa and administrator of Hilltops Council. She became Member for Goulburn at the 2019 State election after the resignation of Pru Goward. Wendy brings a wealth of experience to the Local Government portfolio.

 

Full NSW cabinet list.

Liberal MP Dominic Perrottet
Premier

Nationals MP Paul Toole
Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional New South Wales
Minister for Police

Liberal MP Stuart Ayres
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade
Minister for Tourism and Sport
Minister for Western Sydney

Nationals MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) Bronnie Taylor
Minister for Women
Minister for Regional Health
Minister for Mental Health

Liberal MP Matt Kean
Treasurer
Minister for Energy

Liberal MLC Damien Tudehope
Minister for Finance
Minister for Employee Relations
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council

Liberal MP Alister Henskens
Minister for Skills and Training
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly

Liberal MP Brad Hazzard
Minister for Health

Nationals MLC Sarah Mitchell
Minister for Education and Early Learning

Liberal MP Mark Speakman
Attorney General

Liberal MP Rob Stokes
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Cities
Minister for Active Transport

Liberal MP Victor Dominello
Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government

Liberal MP Anthony Roberts
Minister for Planning
Minister for Homes

Liberal MP David Elliott
Minister for Transport
Minister for Veterans

Liberal MLC Natalie Ward
Minister for Metropolitan Roads
Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Nationals MP Kevin Anderson MP
Minister for Lands and Water
Minister for Hospitality and Racing

Liberal MP Dr Geoff Lee
Minister for Corrections

(NEW) Liberal MLC Natasha Maclaren-Jones
Minister for Families and Communities
Minister for Disability Services

(NEW) Nationals MLC Sam Farraway
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads

(NEW) Nationals MP Steph Cooke
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience

(NEW) Liberal MP Eleni Petinos
Minister for Small Business
Minister for Fair Trading

(NEW) Liberal MP James Griffin
Minister for Environment and Heritage

(NEW) Liberal MP Mark Coure
Minister for Seniors
Minister for Multiculturalism

(NEW) Nationals MP Dugald Saunders
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Western New South Wales

(NEW) Nationals MLC Ben Franklin MLC
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Regional Youth

(NEW) Liberal MP Wendy Tuckerman
Minister for Local Government

 

If you’d like to learn more, please contact Clint McGilvray on clint.macgilvray@secnewgate.com.au

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